Helping Herpetofauna in the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve and the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Submitted by the Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve, situated on the north shore of Lake Erie, has several things in common with the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Both are located in remarkable ecosystems and encompass long uninterrupted beaches, sand dunes, wet meadows, woodlands, marshes, streams and shallow protected bays. Their diverse habitats provide world-renowned refuges and stopovers for migrating birds in fall and spring. Another thing they have in common is a[…]
The Environmental Assessment report on the three proposed ecopassages for the Long Point Causeway is available for downloading on the Norfolk County website. On October 25, County Council approved the release of the report for a 30-day public review period as required under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. For further information, please read the attached notice.
By DANIEL PEARCE, SIMCOE REFORMER It’s taken five years of planning, fundraising — and arguing with opponents — but environmentalists are now one step closer to creating a safe passage for wildlife underneath the Long Point Causeway. Drawings have been completed showing three spots where concrete underground culverts will be built to allow turtles, frogs, and snakes to migrate back and forth between the marsh and the inner bay. The plan has undergone an environmental study, which was presented to Norfolk council Tuesday night. A 30-day review period will now take place after which construction can begin. When they’re finished,[…]
By BARBARA SIMPSON, SIMCOE REFORMER Ecological projects benefitting the Long Point wetland have received cash from south of the border. The U.S.-based Sustain Our Great Lakes has presented a $110,000 grant to the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project and the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association. Both organizations work to improve ecological conditions on the land spit. The long anticipated ecopassage project in particular will benefit from the funding. Three culverts are expected to be installed underneath the Long Point Causeway, allowing aquatic wildlife to safely travel from Big Creek Marsh to Long Point Bay. The project is undergoing an environmental assessment.[…]
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve is getting a boost from the Sustain our Great Lakes Program. The Biosphere is one of 30 organizations receiving a total of 940 thousand dollars with the organization taking home $110,000. The money will go towards the improvement of aquatic connectivity and fish passage between Big Creek Marsh and Long Point Bay by installing a large culvert or eco-passage under the Long Point Causeway.
By Monte Sonnenburg, Simcoe Reformer June 17 — The Long Point Causeway Improvement Project is in the running for a $100,000 grant from Shell Canada. The project is one of 54 across the country that Shell Canada has short-listed for its $1 million FuellingChange program. Under the program, Shell Canada leaves it to Canadians to decide which projects are worth the largest possible grant. All projects have qualified for at least a $10,000 payout. Depending on the level of support they receive from the Canadian public, projects could qualify for grants of $25,000 or $50,000. The two projects with the[…]
By aaron gautreau · June 15, 2011 CD 98.9 NewsCentre, Norfolk County · A group behind the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project has put in a bid with Shell to help land funds to help improve water quality there. Shell is offering two 100-thousand dollar grants to help repair environmental projects. Coordinator for the Long Point Causeway Project Rick Levick says the money won would be used to fix waterways Right now the Long Point project sits third out of seven projects in the running. —– http://www.fuellingchange.com/main/project/94/Long-Point-Causeway-Improvement-Project
By Ashley Degroote CD 98.9 Radio June 14, 2011 · The Long Point Causeway will be seeing some changes, about one thousand trees will be added on either side of the road. The TD Friends of the Environment Fund gave nearly 10 thousand dollars for the project. Coordinator for the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project, Rick Levick says this year there are unusually high water conditions so they are being very careful with which trees go where. Levick says they consulted with the County Forestry Department and the St Williams Ecology Centre to select the types of Carolinian trees to[…]
By DANIEL PEARCE, SIMCOE TIMES-REFORMER Rick Levick stood at the side of the Long Point causeway with four newly-planted trees sticking up in the air a few metres behind him on the edge of the marsh. “This is the first of the forest,” Levick exclaimed shortly before an official ceremony on Monday afternoon in which the mayor patted the final shovelfuls of dirt around a tree. The sycamore, elm, and tulip trees that went into the ground on the south end of the causeway marked the start of a campaign that will see hundreds more planted before the end of[…]
Port Rowan, ON — Road mortality of turtles and snakes on the Long Point Causeway, considered one of the deadliest stretches of road for wildlife in North America, has been reduced by 56% over the past three years. This success can be credited to the installation of barrier fencing by the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project Committee and their effective campaign to increase awareness for animal safety on this 3.6 kilometer roadway. In each of the past three summers, the LPCIP conducted weekly monitoring of road kill along the Causeway, recording the species, sex, approximate age and location of each[…]